May 2015 Newsletter

Research Assistants for Summer & Fall 2015!

Sleep Research Lab

Current Projects:

- Health and Cognitive impacts of sleep restriction in older adults

- Impact of divorce on sleep, health, and social functioning

- Overnight sleep study examining a new breathing training treatment device for sleep apnea

- Exploring mismatch between human perception and laboratory measures of sleep

RA Duties:

- Data entry

- In-lab and In-home assessments with research participants (sleep, health and mood questionnaires; Cognitive testing)

- Objective sleep measurement training/administration (actigraphy, polysomnography - sleep study)


- GPA: 2.75 or higher

- 10 hours/week for 2 consecutive semesters (Summer 2015 AND Fall 2015)

- Weekday 3-4 hour daytime blocks of availability

- Some travel for in-home assessments

- Possibility of a few overnight shifts each semester

- Enrollment in the Independent Study course for credit

To Apply:

Email resume (relevant coursework, GPA, work experience) and an estimate of your summer and fall availability to

Cultural-Existential Psychology Lab

Dr. Daniel Sullivan’s cultural-existential psychology lab is seeking assistants to help carry out research on an independent-study-credit or possibly volunteer basis during Summer 2015 and Fall 2015. Our studies focus on people’s needs for meaning, self-esteem, and secure relationships; what happens when these needs are undermined (e.g., negative emotions like anxiety and guilt); and individual as well as cultural differences in the types of things people find important and threatening in life. In addition to these topics, we are also generally interested in cultural and religious differences, as well as how differences in technology (e.g., using computers vs. face-to-face interaction for learning and relationships) influence psychological processes. If you are interested in working as a research assistant on these topics, please contact Roman Palitsky at or Peter Leavitt at

Greenberg Social Psychology Lab

Our research focuses on motivations of human behavior in the context of social interactions with others. Specifically, we are interested in how our unconscious fears and insecurities motive behavior in relation to prejudice, stereotyping, meaning, and self-esteem. Our research is inspired primarily by Terror Management Theory (TMT), a broad theoretical perspective on deep-seated existential concerns underlying human behavior.

Research assistance will be involved in multiple aspects of the research processes including learning experimental procedure, running participants in experiments, and entering and interpreting data. This is an excellent opportunity for serious students interested in pursuing a psychology career. This is not a paid position. This will count as a three-credit course and require approximately 9 hours of work a week. We are looking for approximately 3 RA positions for Fall 2015. For more information, please contact Peter Helm at

Social Interactions and Health Lab

We are studying the quality of interactions between doctors in a primary care setting and their patients. For this study, we will be audio-recording the doctor-patient interactions during medical appointments to examine things such as how much certain topics of conversation come up (e.g., health-related behaviors), tone of voice, language use, and frequency of emotional expression (e.g., anger, crying). Then we will examine how these behaviors or aspects of conversation relate to quality of the doctors’ and patients’ perceptions of the interaction.

Responsibilities include: Transcribing and coding recorded conversations, entering data, and weekly lab meetings during which we discuss research relevant to projects.

Qualifications: We are looking for reliable, responsible, and hard-working students who are interested in social/health psychology and pay attention to detail. Spanish-speaking students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Because of the necessary training, a two-semester commitment is required. These projects provide valuable first-hand research experience for students who are thinking about going to graduate school!

To apply for a position contact Angelina Polsinelli, MA at We will be interviewing this May for positions starting in the fall.

Study Examining Mental Health Court and Court-Ordered Treatment Involvement

We are currently seeking research assistants for a study examining predictors of mental health court involvement and court-ordered treatment.

This RA position requires commitment to continue work with preference for availability through December 2015 (including summer) as data collection will be on-going. You would be tasked with entering data collected from mental court and community treatment files about the participants’ demographics, court involvement, and mental health treatment. This is a great opportunity to learn more about both the clinical and forensic world of psychology as they are applied in real life rather than the standard university research environment. Honors students may also have the opportunity to create an honors thesis project partially based on some of the data collected.

As a research assistant, we would expect 9 hours from you each week.

Qualifications: Applicants should have already completed or be currently enrolled in both Research and Methods (PSY 290A/297A) and Statistics (PSY 230) or course equivalents. Passing grades of B or higher in these courses are preferred as is an overall cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher.

If you are interested in working on this project, please email an updated copy of your resume, your unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of interest to Sacha Brown at

CBT Meta-Analysis

We are currently seeking research assistants for a meta-analysis examining the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its components.

This RA position is temporary to start, with potential of a long-term commitment. You would be tasked with finding and coding articles relevant to this project. These articles will all be about component-controlled studies of CBT, otherwise known as cognitive-behavioral therapy, used to treat various psychological conditions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the clinical world of psychology and more specifically about different CBT techniques, psychological disorders, how they are diagnosed, how severity is actually measured in research settings, etc.

As a research assistant, we would expect 9 hours from you each week. The workload will depend on where we are in the project and how quickly you make it through the articles. If interested, you would also have the opportunity to work on other projects currently being conducted in the lab during some of your weekly time commitment in order to get experience working with actual live human beings 'running subjects'.

Qualifications: Applicants should have already completed or be currently enrolled in both Research and Methods (PSY 290A/297A) and Statistics (PSY 230) or course equivalents. Passing grades of B or higher in these courses are preferred as is an overall cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

If you are interested in working on this project, please email an updated copy of your resume, your unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of interest to Sacha Brown at

NSF-Funded Study Examining the Effects of Fathers on Daughters’ Risky Sexual Behavior

Are you looking to gain experience working in a research lab? Are you interested in attending graduate school? Or are you just curious about the effects that families can have on our attitudes and behavior? We are currently seeking undergraduate students to assist a study examining the effects of fathers on daughters’ risky sexual behavior and decision-making. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Principal Investigator is Dr. Bruce Ellis.

Research assistants are needed to help recruit and screen young women from divorced families and to administer online study questionnaires to those who qualify to participate. Specifically, you would be asked to make and answer telephone calls, manually record participant responses, correspond electronically with participants, and work with members of the research team to accurately maintain a spreadsheet tracking participant progress. You may also have the opportunity to assist with data entry and coding tasks. This experience is a great way to learn about and practice developmental and psychological research techniques.

We are looking for students who are able to volunteer or enroll in directed research (FSHD 492) for 3 course credit hours during Summer 2015. Enrolled students will be expected to devote 9 hours/week to assisting this project. We prefer individuals who are able to work with us throughout Summer 2015 and who are interested in continuing their involvement during the Fall 2015 semester. Finally, priority will be given to students with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.

If you would like to receive additional information, or if you are interested in being considered for this research assistant position, please email Danielle DelPriore at

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Crisis Intervention Training


This is a well-structured, comprehensive and hands-on training. The training teaches basic crisis intervention skills, concepts and techniques. In addition, it examines various types of crimes and the specific victimization dynamics that victims of the crimes may face, including common trauma reactions. This training is also the gateway into volunteering or participating in an internship with the Victim Services Division. Volunteers can expect to get hands-on experience working with victims of crime on scene and in the courtroom. Many of our volunteers go on to work in fields like law enforcement, social work, mental health services, and victim advocacy.

Anyone interested in attending the training or volunteering with the division must come to one of the informational sessions held on August 17th and August 24th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at 1310 W. Miracle Mile.

We hope to see you there. If you have any questions at all, please contact

Jessy or Nicole at 740-5525.

Buddhist Studies Lecture Series

Buddhist Studies Lecture Series (

4pm - 5:30pm May 5 - Jiang Wu, Ph.D. - Religious Imagination in the World of Heart Sutra - at the Rubel Room at the Poetry Center.

Topic: The Lotus Sutra is one of the most influential scripture in the Buddhist world. However, interpretations about its meaning vary considerably. Some regard it as profound religious teaching, or sophisticated philosophy and some dismiss it as superstitious. In this talk, Dr. Wu attempts to approach the Lotus Sutra from the perspective of religious imagination, a neglected but potentially powerful category in religious studies, to gain new insights into this scripture.

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

Casa de Los Niños is actively recruiting for new graduates as Care Coordinators in the Behavioral Health Division. The positions are case managers for children ages 0 to 22 years of age that are receiving behavioral health services. The work is dynamic, interesting and a great learning experience for new graduates. Much of our work is home and community based and our agency takes pride in being the provider of choice for children in foster care. Casa de los Niños is a great place to work and has more than 40 years of experience in the Tucson community.

You can apply on-line at Or send me your resume and we will be happy to set up an interview. The positions require a degree in Psychology or related field, a car and a good driving record. Oh, and a passion for working with children and families! Join us in making a difference.

E-mail your resume and cover letter to

Congratulations to the 2015 graduating class!

Jan Wallace

Director, Behavioral Health

Have you considered a year of National Service?

Serve in an AmeriCorps VISTA assignment with

Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program

Earn professional experience plus an annual stipend of $11,676

The Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program is looking for ASU students or recent grads who wish to focus a year of their career efforts as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member helping refugees as they resettle in Arizona. If you have a global perspective and are interested in humanitarian or immigration issues and refugee resettlement in general, consider spending a year with us.

· The selected candidate would serve from July 2015 through July 2016.

· All assignments are full-time usually Monday through Friday from 8 – 5pm.

· VISTA members receive an annual stipend of $11,676 paid in bi-weekly increments.

· For more information, or to apply for the program go to

· The first review of applications will be on May 20, 2015.

· Interviews will take place the week of May 25, 2015.

· Current openings in the Refugee Resettlement VISTA project:

Initial resettlement services

Services for Older Refugees

Employment services

Education services

Children’s services

Important Facts about becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA member:

· Members receive an opportunity to gain professional experience while receiving a stipend

· A VISTA assignment requires a one-year, full time (40 hours per week) commitment.

· VISTA members usually have a Monday through Friday, from 8 to 5 work day schedule.

· VISTA members can take college classes, but they must take them on the evenings and weekends.

· VISTA members can receive student loan forbearance during the VISTA year of service.

· Upon completion of the year, VISTA members are awarded a $5,730 education voucher that can be used to pay off existing student loans or pay for new classes.

· VISTA Members are awarded a non-competitive status when applying for a federal government position.

The AmeriCorps VISTA program is a federally funded program and provides volunteer opportunities that are open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate about the mission to bringing individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts on building the capacity of the organization to fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development and otherwise assist low-income communities. Candidates must meet the requirements of the position and be able to pass a background clearance check. More information about the AmeriCorps program and the requirements for each open position is located on the website:

Questions? Contact Diane Dudley at the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program at

Job opportunities for May 2015 Graduates at La Frontera Center


SALARY GRADE: Non-exempt

SALARY: $28,100 - $31,600

REQUIREMENT: All May 2015 Psychology graduates and related field will be eligible to apply.


Provides services to adult mental health clients. Assists in developing, evaluating, and coordinating treatment plans and recovery services.


1. Collect and review intake and assessment documents, and other pertinent materials.

2. Develop, with the individual, and the input of the recovery team, the individual service plan (ISP).

3. Coordinate and implement the ISP in accordance with the State rules.

4. Assist in the maintenance and coordination of the clinical record.

5. Provide services through face-to-face contacts, telephone contacts, and collateral contacts providing community and clinic based supports.

6. Monitor with the recovery team the individual's receipt of behavioral health services and response to those services, and collaborate with the individual to determine the need for changes in or termination of the ISP. Plan for and develop changes in the ISP as needed and identified.

7. Interact with all components of the behavioral health delivery system, the primary care physician, and other members of the recovery team.

8. Obtain appropriate prior authorization of inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and other services that require prior authorization.

9. Performs other duties as assigned.

10. Employee must be able to monitor consumer activities, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Please apply online at

Psychology Advising

How to Make an Advising Appointment

Advising appointments can be scheduled by calling 621-7439 or by stopping by the Psychology Building, Room 312.


Liz Sandoval-Marchand – Students with last names A-D (

Keri Bishop – Students with last names E-L and HONORS (

Christy Ball – Students with last names M-R (

Shelley Bernstein – Students with last names S-Z (